With Fitbit’s Charge and Flex sports trackers nearly two and three years old, there are rumors floating around the web about the launch of Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 on November 27. The rumor broke following a recent trademark listing, which gave a hint that the new models will arrive soon. If rumor mills are to be believed, the images of the upcoming Flex 2 and Change 2 along with their technical specifications were leaked on a popular tech portal. Upon inspection, we found that the Flex 2 has re-oriented the indicator lights. We can also spot several holes on the backside. Meanwhile, the Charge 2 features a bigger display and interchangeable bands in blue, violet and black colors.
With a year of steady growth, new partnerships, a new online consumer education initiative and augmented security for Z-Wave IoT devices, the Z-Wave Alliance announces year-end milestones. Since the beginning of 2015, the Z-Wave ecosystem has seen almost 100 new member companies, the addition of 250 certified devices and another 15 million smart home devices shipped into the marketplace.Parks Associates data shows that 1 in 5 consumers in the US currently own smart home devices with global growth on the rise and residential connected devices will generate approximately 11 million support requests from consumers. With that in mind, the Z-Wave Alliance and its members are increasingly looking at how to best educate, serve and support new users coming into the smart home market. Launching Z-Wave.com, the consumer portal for tips, best practices and frequently asked questions about Z-Wave smart home solutions, the Alliance’s Consumer Working Group is working to give consumers tools to find the best possible smart home solution for their lives.
Nissan is revisiting an old technology to cater for a brand new one.
The Japanese car maker is scaling up its existing IBM mainframe computer to act as the backend for an online portal that connects with its Leaf electric vehicle’s smart technology.
Leaf’s smarts allow drivers to use an iOS or Android smartphone application or a website to access in-depth information about the car – such as battery status, recharging station locations, and navigation functions – and also remotely control in-car cooling or heating. Although much of this functionality is available in-car without the need for external websites, the portal offers different metrics that can be analysed and improved over time.
The Next-Generation Energy and Social Systems Verification Experiment projects aimed at establishing smart cities and smart communities are proceeding in Japan. Japan Smart City Portal is the portal site for providing information on the latest trends in these projects. Introductions to a wide range of initiatives, including the verified results of Demand Response (DR) projects and V2H (Vehicle to Home) projects implemented in the summer of 2012 are available for access onhttp://jscp.nepc.or.jp/en/ in the English language, http://jscp.nepc.or.jp/cn/ in the Chinese language, and http://jscp.nepc.or.jp/ in the Japanese language.
Smart meters – which record, monitor and adjust your energy or water use according to price and demand – are coming to Birtish households over the coming years. In the meantime, however, a host of energy companies are increasingly pushing consumers to sign up voluntarily to similar systems, and prime among these is British Gas’s myHome remote heating control. It allows users to set individual heating patterns for each day, but also to do so via an online portal, a mobile app for Android or iOS or even text messages.
Most energy companies have not yet had the vision to monetise their smart meter investments, finds a recent Frost & Sullivan study. They focus more on meeting deployment timelines and do not have a strategic approach to leverage the revenue potential from smart meters in households. Straightforward solutions involving Information & Communication Technology (ICT) – introducing a user friendly web portal or exploiting the popularity of smart phones – are easy ways for energy companies to engage customers and optimise smart meter deployments.
Victorian electricity provider Jemena has unveiled a new web portal where customers can monitor their electricity usage via their smart meters.
Jemena has had 107,000 smart meters rolled out across Victoria, and the company expects to have 315,000 premises covered by December 2013. The portal, called Electricity Outlook, is accessible online or through mobile phones and tablets. It provides daily meter usage data. Usage can be viewed in half-hourly, hourly, daily or monthly intervals.
Some Ottawa households may soon be able to connect with their energy system remotely through a mobile smartphone app, web portal and energy “dashboard”.
Ontario announced Monday a $2.9 million investment in Ottawa-based Energate Inc., which they say could save users up to 30 per cent on their hydro bills.
During the next year and a half, Energate will install its smart energy thermostat displays in more than 1,000 homes throughout the province, allowing users remotely control their energy systems.
IBM’s Ehningen Innovation Center campus in Germany is about to become ground zero for the development of an advanced personal transportation system that combines Hertz’s car sharing know-how with distributed renewable energy, electric vehicles and smart microgrid technology.
The new system, announced earlier this week, will piggyback on an existing car sharing agreement between the Ehningen campus and nearby Stuttgart Airport, through Hertz’s online self-service renting portal.
Energy industry software company Tendril is aiming to garner interest from developers working to build applications for smart energy meter systems and the growing number of smart appliances for the home.
A new developer portal has been launched to provide tools suited to smart devices using open and proprietary communication protocols with support for Android, iOS, and utility back-office environments.